This website uses cookies. Read more about our cookie/privacy policy.

Accept and Close

The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Lucy Vann

Lucy Vann grew up in Sheffield and studied at the RCA. From her studio in S1 Artspace she works with video, sculpture, performance and installation. Her practice concentrates on minute instances within the world of the everyday, dwelling on gestures and fragments of conversation and unpicking ideas surrounding rituals and wellbeing. Her Instagram account is a testament to her preoccupation with the surreally mundane – @lucyvann is a drily hilarious gallery of observed, small-scale weirdness.

What projects or organisations are you affiliated with in Sheffield?
I’ve been a studio holder at S1 Artspace for about four years, I moved back from London to concentrate on my art practice. Being in Sheffield and at S1 is very nurturing and has allowed much more time and space to think.

What's your workspace like?
I keep my studio fairly minimal – we've moved around a bit but I've always had a desk, books and a view out the window. Having a regular place to go and people to be with is very important. Making work isn’t confined to one space though, it’s an ongoing thought process and parts of that naturally happen elsewhere.

How do you choose the themes you work with?
It doesn't feel like there's much of a choice! I’ve always been drawn to qualities present within overlooked or seemingly uninteresting moments. It’s probably my upbringing.

What, who or where should be better known in Sheffield?
S20.

What would you change about the city?
Some of the things that frustrate me about Sheffield are also what I like about it.

You might also like...

Stoneface Creative

A pretty ancient woodland turned magical gallery – now home to a sleeping giant, a rearing horse, and a changing and charming array of grindstone carvings and sculptures.

Brought to Light: The Remarkable Bateman Collection

Fri. 27 May 2022 — Sun. 15 January 2023

Weston Park Museum

Thomas Bateman was a pioneering Victorian antiquarian. Much of Sheffield's collections of local archaeology, minerals, ceramics, metalwork and fossils can be traced back to him. Explore Bateman’s legacy and the origins of civic museum collections.

99 Mary Street

Along the cobbles of Mary Street you’ll find design studio DED Associates. DED regularly transform part of their studio into The Viewing Room, hosting well-curated exhibitions with a focus on pop and urban art.

Eelyn Lee

An artist and filmmaker, exploring race, identity and ‘othering’, and challenging commonly accepted narratives of past, present and future.